(WVUE) - Several witnesses took the stand Monday in the trial of the man accused of killing former NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage incident in Terrytown in 2016.
More than a half-dozen witnesses testified in the trial of 56-year-old Ronald Gasser, who faces second-degree murder. Some had different accounts of what happened on the scene.
Gasser's attorney said his client acted in self-defense when McKnight lunged into Gasser's vehicle after an anger-fueled chase. Prosecutors said the two were arguing, but McKnight never entered Gasser's vehicle before he was shot three times at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard.
Witnesses who testified Monday included a Navy veteran who said he ran over and saw Gasser get out of his car with a gun in his hand after Mcknight was shot. The witness told the jury that Gasser pointed the gun at him but eventually put the gun down and walked away. A few witnesses told the jury that they saw McKnight fall to the ground after being shot, and they said McKnight was standing up next to Gasser's passenger side window at the time. They said that Gasser was inside his vehicle, but got out of his car after the shooting and put the gun on the trunk of his vehicle.
Not one witness said they actually saw the shooting.
The jury was watching Gasser's second videotaped interview with detectives. On that tape Gasser tells investigators "his hands and his head were in the window. That's when I feared for my life. I was frightened."
If convicted, Gasser could spend the rest of his life in prison.